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Chrissy Amphlett: 1959 – 2013

This is the worst article I have ever had to write. The news is still fresh in my senses, and I’m still yet to fully believe it.

Chrissy Amphlett, Divinyls frontwoman and queen of Australian rock, is gone.

The hole she has left behind is enormous. I’m stuck in a loop of watching old Divinyls videos on YouTube and reading tributes on Facebook and Twitter. It isn’t making me any less sad, but it is fortifying to see just how spectacular she was, and to know this is how she will be remembered. She truly was amazing. Continue reading



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The Art of Gameplay

Screenshot from "Bientôt l’été", the latest in artful gaming.

Screenshot from “Bientôt l’été”, the latest in artful gaming.

The last few years have seen a steady rise in non-traditional games that push the boundaries of the medium itself. These titles are proving that games are not only an interactive form of literature and storytelling, but are also capable of being considered as forms of art. These games are not only aesthetically stunning are also inspired, thought provoking and incredibly moving.

Like all progressive forms of art, there are those that challenge the idea of video games being classified as art. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert in particular has been vehemently opposed to this notion. In a 2010 he wrote an article titled  ‘Video Games Can Never Be Art’ where he not only argued this claim, but did so whilst admitting that he hasn’t actually played any games that fans consider works of art.

Art is subjective. No one will ever 100% agree on what is and isn’t art, and that’s okay. If Ebert wishes to believe and profess that video games aren’t art, that’s his prerogative  However, to state that an entire medium of expression can never achieve the status of being ‘art’ is incredibly short-sighted. Furthermore, to make this claim without bothering to experience some truly beautiful games is simply an example of poor research.

Some of you out there may not be particularly well acquainted with the world of gaming. Like movies and literature, the gaming medium is home to a vast variety of genres. Furthermore, the games within them range from simplistic and light-hearted, to violent and blood thirsty, to heartbreakingly beautiful. Today I will introduce you to two games that are both highly praised and almost universally considered as art in the gaming world. If nothing else, they certainly have changed the way in which people view game play in general. Continue reading

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A List for Lovers: Ten Tracks for Valentine’s Day 2013

Source: http://pembedusunur.blogspot.com.auIt’s that time of year again. The 14th of February, when everyone in love is ‘obligated’ to demonstrate those feelings in ways worthy of a Hallmark card or a romantic comedy, and all the Unloved feel like second class citizens (should they have the energy to care at all).

As has become a Cheaper Than Rubies custom over the past few months, we intend to engage with the occasion in the best way possible: through music. (Don’t worry singletons – there’s a playlist for you too!)

This playlist is unashamedly for the lovers amongst us. It doesn’t matter if you’re newly-weds, have a significant number of years under your shared belt, or if you are still reeling in the first flutterings of infatuation. If you are currently experiencing the greatest thing you’ll ever learn, these songs are for you.

Perhaps you’ll listen to them with your significant other over a candlelit dinner, or curled up in front of the TV with a bag of Malteasers, or maybe they’ll ease the heartache of a long-distance relationship. However you choose to use them, all these songs have an element of the romantic about them, working together to make you feel all gooey inside, and maybe even get you laid… You just never know when it comes to affairs of the heart.

But be warned: the following post may contain cheese.

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Ten Travelling Tunes for Friday, February 8

I’ve been stuck at home for a while now, and I confess, I am longing for some kind of adventure. It doesn’t have to be a big one; a jaunt to Sydney and back will do be just fine, but a change of scene is definitely required for this little Ruby.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Miranda is off doing just that at the moment, enjoying a well earned break from hustle and bustle in Thailand. I’ve never been particularly keen to visit south-east Asia, but the photos that are bouncing back through Facebook are quickly turning me into a little green-eyed monster. So many things to see and do, and I’m stuck at home with my computer and a chip on my shoulder.

How best to comfort myself during times like these? With a playlist of tunes about scouting the Great Wide Yonder, of course!

This week’s list will take you across oceans, send you spiraling into location-based love affairs and leave you with the itchiest of feet.  All you have to do is take that first step to the mystical, musical land that resides After The Jump. Continue reading

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Ten Tunes for Tuesday, 29th January: Back to School!

January is drawing to a lazy close, and for those of a certain age, that means that the greatest of horrors has returned for another year: the holidays are over and it’s time to head back to the classroom.

Whether you’re a student heading back for another term, a recent leaver preparing for your university experience, or a teacher dreading the first day back at work, we’ve compiled an eclectic list of songs to get you through the next ten weeks of hard study.

You can find the playlist right here, but if you want the videos that go with them, you’ll have to read on. Who knows? You might even learn something!

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Ten Incredible Instrumentals for Tuesday, January 15

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I must confess, when it comes to music, I usually stick to tunes with lyrics. It’s definitely a flaw in my music nerd credentials, but probably one that’s quite understandable given my affection for the written word.

This week, I’m aiming to rectify that balance, with ten instrumentals that prove you don’t need a vocal track to move people. From classical masters to more modern moods, from the littlest dance halls to the biggest of screens, this playlist aims to celebrate those musicians who manage to say it best without saying a word.

1. Gunnamatta – Paul Kelly

The opening track to Kelly’s 2004 double album Ways & Means, is a regal surf-guitar piece, with a video to match. Named after either Gunnamatta Bay in Sydney, or a beach of the same name on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s a soundtrack for the more casual surfer, lacking the urgency often found in this style. This tune’s lazy, flowing sound took a little while to wriggle its way into my heart, but my recent education in the genre, care of Mikelangelo and the Tin Star, has led to this track being the first one to jump into my head upon commencing the compilation of this list.

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10 Unearthed Bands To See in 2013: A New Years Eve Playlist

Photo by headylife, via FlickrExperiencing great live music is truly one of the most invigorating ways to spend one’s time, and in my opinion, is even better when it’s a coming from a brilliant new band you’ve never heard before. Easily the best part of the year-or-so I spent living in Canberra was the ability to walk into any of a number of venues (most commonly The Phoenix and The Polish Club) and find myself in the grips of a delightful new musical discovery.

The number of times I asked musicians, “Do you have a triple j unearthed page?” is far too high to count, but thankfully I was regularly rewarded with an affirmative answer, allowing me to wander through their recordings and relive some of the best indie gigs of the year. In this post, I share some of those recordings from bands that I loved live in 2012, and who you should definitely be keeping an eye out for in 2013. You can find the playlist here, but for the full visual experience and links to relevant profiles, you’ll have to read on!

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